Small colleges: No. 2-ranked Tarleton State men suffer first loss

02/06/2014 5:15 PM

11/12/2014 3:51 PM

For the first time this season, the Tarleton State Texans, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II men’s basketball, came up short Wednesday night.

The Texans (18-1, 7-1 Lone Star Conference) fell to Midwestern State 77-75 in overtime, ending Tarleton’s unbeaten season and snapping its 20-game home winning streak.

The Mustangs outrebounded the Texans 51-33 and had 12 second-chance points. In overtime, Midwestern grabbed a crucial board in the final seconds that allowed the Mustangs to take a two-point lead with 3 seconds remaining.

Tarleton’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

The Texans look to rebound at 4 p.m. Saturday when they visit Cameron (9-10, 3-5) in Lawton, Okla. Tarleton defeated Cameron 76-52 in their first meeting on Jan. 18.

No. 21 TexAnns win

Kiara Wright poured in 35 points and grabbed 21 rebounds Wednesday night to propel the No. 21-ranked TexAnns (16-4, 7-3 LSC) over Midwestern State 78-75 in overtime.

For Wright, it was her third career game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, and her 51st career double-double.

Tarleton State travels to Lawton, Okla., to face last-place Cameron (9-10, 1-8) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Texans baseball

The Tarleton State baseball team opens its home season with a pair of doubleheaders Saturday (starting at 1 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.) against Regis (Colo.).

The Texans split two games at Minute Maid Park in Houston in the opening weekend. Tarleton defeated Winona State (Minn.) 16-3 in the opener and fell to Arkansas Tech 3-2 on Feb. 4.

Rams baseball

The Texas Wesleyan baseball team’s series against Avila (Mo.) University has been shortened from four games to three, and will begin Saturday at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth.

The Rams (2-1) will play a doubleheader at noon Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday.

Wesleyan opened the season with a series win over Jarvis Christian. Sam Martin picked up the opening win, allowing one hit and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Rams men’s basketball

Texas Wesleyan (13-9) took a 95-75 victory over Arlington Baptist (9-10).

The Rams were led by Kenny Rymes’ 26 points and game-high 13 rebounds. TWU had four scorers in double digits.

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